Chapter 26. Metroethnicities and Metrolanguages

  1. Nikolas Coupland
  1. John C. Maher

Published Online: 7 OCT 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324068.ch26

The Handbook of Language and Globalization

The Handbook of Language and Globalization

How to Cite

Maher, J. C. (2010) Metroethnicities and Metrolanguages, in The Handbook of Language and Globalization (ed N. Coupland), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324068.ch26

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 OCT 2010
  2. Published Print: 6 AUG 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175814

Online ISBN: 9781444324068



  • metroethnicities and metrolanguages;
  • essentialist ethnicity - still mobilising for many;
  • ethnic ties in postmodern era - showing resilience and revitalization;
  • language, society and performance;
  • metroethnicity - less ethnicity and more ‘ethnicity’;
  • paradigm shift - undertaken by post-colonial and ‘third-eye’ studies of nation;
  • metroethnicities and metrolanguages - oppositional by virtue of aesthetic placement;
  • study of metrolanguages - study of stylistics;
  • metroethnicities, not a ‘mix’ of simple ingredients A plus B - but a remix, habits of speech, milieux, dress, eating and personal associations being mobile;
  • markers of identity, race and place and speech - providing people with a muscular sense of belonging


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Language, Society, Performance

  • Brazil! Que bonito é! Language as Play

  • Ethnicity Lite: Beckham Bends It

  • It Ain't Mix. It's REMIX

  • Portable Ethnicity and Language Revival

  • A Lite Touch

  • Ethnic jouissance : The Case of Japan

  • Conclusion: Teach Yourself Irish

  • References